National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is this week and YWCA-MC wants to recognize it. Staff members showed they care by taking a photo with a candle and providing a quote that exemplifies their feelings. We created a collage with the photos to commemorate victims of violent crimes. We want victims to know we stand with them!
As I reflect on the upcoming National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 19-25, 2020 I am disappointed and sad that we will not be able to honor victims and survivors of all crimes the way we normally do. Each year during the span of one week the Nation observes National Victims’ Rights Week during April. Generally it takes me nine months planning the local Victims’ Dedication Ceremony held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers where we as a County acknowledge and honor victims and survivors. This year we will not be able to have the ceremony. We often think that victims are harmed by those they do not know but the sad reality is locally a large number of residents suffer at the hands of someone they love and trust. Domestic Violence and Child Abuse is prevalent in this County and more so during this pandemic. The stressors are increased and the likelihood of physical and sexual abuse will occur. I know those who work with victims of crime are doing all that they can to assist victims at this difficult time. As we honor victims we also honor those who work tirelessly daily to provide assistance and service to our clients.
Pamela J. Patterson
Victim Assistance Program Manager